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Saying Hayaak Allah

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Question:

Is it Sunnah to say “Hayaaka Allaah?” Is the correct translation, may Allaah give you life? Also in what social situations is this duaa said? I hear it often on the Arabic radio. Baarakallahu feeki wa ahsanallaahu ilayki

Zaynab El-Kateb:

Hayaak Allah, is a sentence of greetings including a supplication used by Arabs, but it is not Sunnah. So first you say “Salamu Alykum”, then you can say “Hayaak Allah”. One of the meanings of “Hayak” is: “may Allah maintain you alive”. This duaa (supplication) is used by Ulamaa (the Scholars), but first they say “Salaamu Alaykum”.

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